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 By Max Hicks

Swansea's new-look defence must stay tight to limit Leicester's threat

Francesco Guidolin feels Swansea must be a better job at adapting to teams like Hull that sit back and defend.

To say Leicester bucked a trend last season by winning the Premier League is an understatement. It has been equally refreshing to see the club continue to break tradition by managing to hold on to most of their star players this summer.

Jamie Vardy and Riyad Mahrez were courted by Arsenal but both men have signed new contracts to stay with the smaller club, at least in the short term. Not only have Leicester managed to retain their brightest attacking players, they've added another in Ahmed Musa.

Swansea,...

 By Max Hicks

Swansea slip to surprise defeat as Hull continue to shock Premier League

Swansea coach Francesco Guidolin says his side didn't deserve to lose against Hull.

Hull spoiled Swansea's home opener in the Premier League with a 2-0 win on Saturday.

Some familiar problems resurfaced for Swansea. With Hull defending both narrowly and deep, the Swans could not find a way to turn a significant possession advantage into clear-cut chances on goal. With Borja Baston unable to play through injury, coach Francesco Guidolin had few options to change the Swans' attack after a solid first half display produced no goals. A frustrating second half saw diminishing returns...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Leicester vs. Arsenal and Jose Mourinho's Old Trafford debut in Prem

Riyad Mahrez has handed Leicester a boost before the visit of Arsenal by extending his contract.
Riyad Mahrez has handed Leicester a boost before the visit of Arsenal by extending his contract.

Champions Leicester face last season's runners-up Arsenal this weekend in a match that could give fans some early clues in the title race. 

Elsewhere, the first Friday night match of the new season sees Jose Mourinho's home debut as Manchester United manager in the Premier League, with Southampton looking to spoil the party with a third win in succession at Old Trafford.

Pep Guardiola takes his Manchester City side to Stoke while on Sunday, David Moyes is set for his home debut as Sunderland...

 By Max Hicks

Sigurdsson to return to Swansea XI vs. Hull before schedule takes tough turn

Francesco Guidolin says playing against Burnley to start their season was always going to be a tough task.
Swansea City claimed all three points over Burnley in their opening match of the season via a Leroy Fer header from close range.

With an opening weekend victory over Burnley in the bag, Swansea will look to get maximum points from a visiting Hull City side that surprised defending champions Leicester last week.

The Swans' schedule takes a tough turn beyond this weekend, with games against Leicester, Chelsea, Southampton, Manchester City, Liverpool and Arsenal to look forward to during what must be one of the most demanding stretches of the season. Going into those games with a solid six-point buffer will help take the pressure...

 By Max Hicks

Fernando Llorente shows glimpses of quality in Swansea's scrappy win

Francesco Guidolin gave his reaction after Swansea's win at Burnley.

Individual quality eventually made the difference for Swansea during a scrappy 1-0 win at Burnley in their season opener. The Swans occasionally struggled to find their flow, and it's clear coach Francesco Guidolin's new-look team will need a couple more weeks to properly gel.

Last season, this kind of game might have ended goalless. This time, Swansea found a way to win an ugly game. That bodes well for the rest of the season.

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New man Fernando Llorente looks like he has plenty to offer....

 By Ian Darke

Mourinho's Premier League experience makes Man United the team to beat

The ESPN FC crew debate which team will win the 2016-17 Premier League trophy.

Manchester United's summer spending spree looks like money well spent and gives them a strong chance of regaining former glories. In a heavyweight championship of top managers, Jose Mourinho is the one with the course and distance form in England, and that might prove to be the difference.

Here are my club-by-club thoughts ahead of the new Premier League season.

Arsenal: They have the quality, but continued failures to deliver make you wonder about the mentality and leadership in the squad. With...